11 DecLocal Time: 14:06 EET UK Time: 12:06 GMT
- Sunrise 07:22
- Sunset 16:51
- Moonrise 13:12
- Moonset 01:25
|Temp feels like:||5°c (41°f)|
|Length of Day:||9h 31m|
|Dew Point:||-5 °c (23°f)|
|Pressure:||30.48 " (1032 hpa)|
Average for December: 12°c (54°f)
Weather Overview for Lesbos
is the eighth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the third largest of
in the north eastern Aegean Sea,
Because of the size of the island and the presence of two large mountain ranges in the north and centre of the island, weather conditions vary in between regions of the island.
The island plays host to countless beaches, some excellent for day trips and some for stays of a few days to take in the relaxing island lifestyle. Petra and Molyvos in the north; Plomari in the northwest and Eresos southwest coasts are the most popular coastal towns, and the islands capital of Mytilene in the south east is the nearest city to the international airport.
island is the route of migrating European birds coming from Africa so has an
amazing variety of birds, making it a twitcher’s paradise, particularly during Springtime. Spring also sees the island’s wildflowers abloom. Lesbos
has been appropriately termed the ‘
Summer on the island begins during May and carries on right through until October. In the peak of summer during July and August, the barometer can peak at 35°C to 40°C. The temperature will often see days reaching above 30°C in the middle six months of the year.
The heat in the height of summer can sometimes be oppressive, so if you like heat but don’t want to live in a dry sauna then plan to visit the island in June or September. The heat is not as stifling and there is the added benefit of lower prices.
May and June see average temperatures of 20°C and 24°C respectively, while July and August each see an averages of 26°C before falling to 23°C in September. Keep in mind that these averages are misleading as the island gets scorching in the day and is cooled in the evenings by the sea breeze. This evening sea breeze brings a welcome break from the sometimes unbearable summer highs.
Sunshine levels are immense, peaking at 14 hours per day in July. May sees 10 and October seven – still very sunny.
Rain during the months of June to September is basically nonexistent, with only about 23 mm precipitation recorded across the four months. May and October see 21mm and 38 mm respectively.
The island is scattered with many award winning beaches, ranging from the larger, more populated beaches of
Winter is the island’s rainy season, with rainfall at its peak in December. November, January and February also record high rainfall, with January being the second wettest month after December. While this is the wet season there is still plenty of sunshine as after showers the sky clears. This is largely unpredictable as sunny days can see a few short showers or the rain can set in for a five day stretch.
Greek islands basically close down completely for the winter and become ghost
towns. Café’s close, accommodation is scarce and the towns bear little
resemblance to the buzzing tourist centres of the peak of summer. Because
is olive-picking season in
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